After gaining a cult following with the online sketch group Lonely Island, Andy Samberg shot to stardom with the Gen-Y crowd in 2005 when he was added to the cast of Saturday Night Live. His first crack at the big screen came in 2007, when he was cast as the lead in Hot Rod, a comedy about a motorcycle daredevil directed by Samberg's Lonely Island cohort Akiva Schaffer. He voiced the lead animal in the animated Space Chimps, and appeared in I Love You, Man. The SNL Digital Shorts he created with his longtime collaborators helped make him one of the most popular members of the cast during his stint on that show and in 2012 he got to play opposite one of the venerable program's most celebrated alumni when he was cast as Adam Sandler's son in the comedy That's My Boy.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- Formed a comedy filmmaking group called The Lonely Island with longtime friends Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer; produced a series of popular online shorts, including The O.C. parody "The 'Bu."
- Worked as an assistant on the ABC sitcom Spin City.
- Joined Saturday Night Live in 2005 as a featured player and was promoted to full cast member in 2006.
- Made his big-screen debut playing stuntman Rod Kimble in the 2007 comedy Hot Rod.
- Released his debut album with The Lonely Island, Incredibad, in 2009.
- Best known on SNL for his Digital Shorts, including "Lazy Sunday," "Dick in a Box," "Motherlover" and "Jack Sparrow."